more mpgs please - Fuelly Forums

Android Users - Coming Soon! - Migrating from aCar 4.8 to 5.0

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-19-2007, 02:52 PM   #1
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 49
Country: United States
more mpgs please

what are some easy things i can do to my explorer to get better mpg? i swapped in the stock (smaller) MAF housing in place of the V8 (larger) unit i had in it for a while.

theres not really much i can do in the way of aero mods (and i dont do much freeway driving anyway) ive been driving a lot easier. but any other ideas?

only thing i can think of is replacing the o2 sensors, but thats kind of expensive to just throw at it.
__________________

__________________
ezeedee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2007, 03:24 PM   #2
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 23
Country: United States
The only thing I can suggest is buy a smaller car unless you have to have a V8 ford explorer.
__________________

slimreynolds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2007, 03:27 PM   #3
Supporting Member
 
lovemysan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 595
Country: United States
Well the explorer is not hopeless, there was some talk a while back who was able to get high 20s highway. Make sure your general maintenance is up to date. Change the upper o2 sensors. Keep the torque converter locked up.
__________________
02 Saturn SL
5 speed
for pics click the link below

http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i3...emysan/saturn/

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
"for best mileage swap in a d15z1"
lovemysan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2007, 09:09 PM   #4
Registered Member
 
rvanengen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 230
Country: United States
LRR tires (are those 31's AT or highway tires?), higher tire pressure, coasting, shut it off at lights, don't use the a/c much, bigger spoiler in front, WAI, check your front end alignment, repack your bearings...run the LOWEST octane gas you can w/o knocking...check your vacuum lines, run some seafoam, get a better ratio rear end, dump mud flaps if you have 'em...
__________________
-- Randall


McIntyre's First Law: "Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you may be wrong."

O'Brien's First Corollary to McIntyre's First Law: "I don't know what the right circumstances are, either."



rvanengen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-2007, 09:15 PM   #5
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 313
Country: United States
Have you started with the basics. Do all the wheels turn easily? Will it roll on a mild slope?
__________________
2TonJellyBean is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2007, 05:36 AM   #6
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 231
Country: United States
Electric fans are a solid MPG booster, takes a lot of load off the engine. Flexalite makes nice fans but their controllers have a history of melting down and sometimes catching fire. Supposedly this has been fixed, but... Normally I recommend a DC Control controller, but someone here reported that the guy that runs the company recently lost his manufacturer and is now having to hand make them, which means long delays in getting new ones.

Have you got a luggage rack? Remove it, it lowers the face you present to the wind. I don't know about Ford products, but there is a company that makes stainless steel plates for GM products that will bolt to the luggage rack roof holes for a clean look.

Then there's weight removal, the less weight you carry the less gas you burn. A fiberglass hood is a good way to cut about 30-40 pounds off, and if you have steel wheels changing them for aluminum will help. The idea here is to lower the overall weight of the wheel/tire package, which will also help acceleration. If you poke around all over the vehicle, you can find all sorts of things that aren't really necessary. Mind the ounces, and the pounds will follow . On my own 96 Tahoe (where most of what I'm posting came from) I was able to remove about 100 to 150lbs of unnecessary weight just by removing unnecessary bits, here and there.

If you are running the stock exhaust, a free-flowing exhaust that is not oversized will improve mileage. Install a set of long tube headers to emphasize low RPM power, then a stock diameter exhaust with a free-flowing muffler will help quite a bit. Too large will kill cylinder scavenging and reduce low-end power and economy (and is really suited to high RPM operation), too small will choke the engine off. To keep a stock sound, I suggest a Walker Quiet Flow muffler which will sound almost stock while allowing 30 percent more flow. Only problem is an Exploder is a box on wheels, which can result in resonance when you go to an aftermarket exhaust. A small glasspack muffler, in addition to the Quiet Flow muffler, behind the axle will almost completely eliminate this resonance.

You might go try to find a performance board aimed at Ford trucks and SUVs, and see what they are doing to increase the speed of their vehicles. While a performance board will be oriented to improving speed and performance, some of these ideas will improve MPG as well.
Telco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-2007, 10:13 PM   #7
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 49
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by theclencher View Post
where's yer gas log?
http://www.gassavers.org/garage/viewgaslog/415

and i do think swapping the stock maf sensor housing is making a difference. im at 100 miles and still over half a tank, all city driving. i think ill get a good 10% increase. (which is like, 1 mpg for me )
__________________
ezeedee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2007, 06:29 AM   #8
Supporting Member
 
lovemysan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 595
Country: United States
posted in a another thread

http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/...ighlight=quest
__________________
02 Saturn SL
5 speed
for pics click the link below

http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i3...emysan/saturn/

[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
"for best mileage swap in a d15z1"
lovemysan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2007, 07:57 AM   #9
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 49
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by lovemysan View Post
link is broken
__________________

__________________
ezeedee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wrong MPG adefeatedman Fuelly Web Support and Community News 3 02-16-2012 09:35 AM
Suggestion - Track average speed cgilbert Fuelly Web Support and Community News 4 10-14-2010 05:33 PM
Notes speedracer12 Fuelly Web Support and Community News 2 03-14-2010 09:58 AM
Reporting capabilities via SMS? hidesertmlb Fuelly Web Support and Community News 4 09-02-2008 01:02 AM
Power (accessory type) consumption and FE SVOboy General Fuel Topics 16 05-13-2006 06:46 AM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 06:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.